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Making “The Art of Slangism”

The Art of Slangism

When I was informed in the summer of 2013 that Young Chicago Authors’ group of investigative journalists would be visiting Tyrue “Slang” Jones’s art gallery, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know he was a street artist or just how well respected he was in the graffiti world. Ramon, my partner, and I did research on Slang and saw that his work was exceptional. Immediately we volunteered to do a feature on him and decided to make it a video piece.

Walking into the Gala Gallery, I was instantly impressed with its size and the vast amount of art inside. There was a lot of natural light, which added to the gallery’s charm. I was introduced to Slang, a soft-spoken man, wearing a newsboy cap, of about 5 feet 8 inches.  We spent time admiring the work of his that was up, some of which was 30-years-old. As the rest of the journalists were leaving, Ramon and I were preparing to set up the interview.

During this interview, I filmed while Ramon asked Slang questions. After about 30 minutes, we were happy with the answers we had gotten, so we thanked him for his time and headed back to YCA. Ramon and I uploaded all of the footage and began to sift through it. Instantly, we realized I had filmed it out of focus! I was not very experienced with the camera and this was a huge embarrassment for me. We were lucky that we had scheduled a follow-up interview with Slang. During that session, I asked the questions, while Ramon recorded in focus this time.

We used audio from both interviews when putting together the video feature. I had used iMovie once before, but found it easy to navigate. Within a week, I had produced the video and was ready for it to be published.

- Walker Post, Young Chicago Authors